Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA)

The GIVA group is responsible for teaching and research in geographic information science at the GIScience Center of the Department of Geography, together with the GIS and Geocomputation groups.

GIVA Mission

Discover and teach new insights on how to creatively design geographic information displays that encourage healthy engagements with the world.

Our Vision

Smart geographic information displays that offer equitable access to knowledge, are engaging to use, and empower all citizens to live a healthy and environmentally sustainable life, in a diverse, democratic, and mobile digital information society.

More on our research interests...

We develop adaptive visualizations of geographically relevant information for mobile, digital citizens
Emotions in New York City tweets during Covid-19
Flu in canton Bern, July 1918 - December 1919
Assessing the effectiveness of pedestrian navigation assistant systems
Dynamically changing map design based on neurofeedback and user emotions

News

  • Can Big Data Be Used to Monitor the Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19?
    Int J Public Health
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  • Geografische Daten der Schweiz für alle verfügbar
    Tagesschau vom 21.03.2021
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  • Geospatial Analysis of COVID-19: A Scoping Review
    Munazza Fatima 1, Kara J. O’Keefe, WenjiaWei, Sana Arshad and Oliver Gruebner
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health
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  • Public Health Interventions, Epidemic Growth, and Regional Variation of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Outbreak in a Swiss Canton and Its Greater Regions
    Annals of Internal Medicine
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  • Susceptibility of domain experts to color manipulation indicate a need for design principles in data visualization
    Markus Christen, Peter Brugger, Sara Irina Fabrikant
    PLOS ONE
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  • Unser Gehirn ist wie ein Muskel. Wir müssen es benutzen, damit es leistungsfähig bleibt. Je mehr wir Navigationssysteme nutzen, desto schlechter können wir uns selbständig in der Welt zurechtfinden. 
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  • How do you navigate to a place you have never been to before? Do you look for clues in the environment, or do you follow the blue dot on your navigation system? Landmarks help us to learn the layout of a traveled space. 
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  • What if you could immerse yourself and experience a future transport system in a realistic looking virtual environment through your VR goggles, instead of reading about it in a printed booklet before casting your vote?
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  • Do you remember how to get to your favorite coffee shop? What is the shortest path to your best friend's apartment? For this you need to rely on your navigation and spatial learning abilities. 
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  • Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Dariusz Gotlib, Prof. Dr. Georg Gartner, Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher
    The Smart Cities journal is currently looking for submissions to a special issue on 'Use of Location-Based Information for Smart Governance
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